Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Old and the New

On the extreme left-hand side of this rock art panel, you can see some faint writing that dates back only a few years. All petroglyphs in the Southwest United States are protected by law, but there are still some people who feel that their right to expression overrides any concerns about historical preservation. But on the other hand, graffiti is almost a universal human urge. We protect the ancient rock art with laws that prosecute those who do the same thing in a more recent historical context.

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